March 17th is fast approaching. On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish! To make the most of your invitation to be Irish for a day, you need to have a few good recipes to create the perfect Irish feast!
Irish food often features meat and potatoes, but boy do they know how to cook up some meat and potatoes! From potato pancakes to shepherd’s pie to corned beef and cabbage, you are sure to find a meal that is perfect for you. And no matter what, do not forget to pick a good Irish stout and say a toast to Ireland!
Boxty – Irish Potato Pancakes
If you want to be a true Irishmen, then you will refer to your potato pancakes as Boxty.
Mashed potatoes – 1 cup (you can buy ready-made, or boil and mash two spuds first)
2 Potatoes, grate these raw (should be about 1 ½ cups)
All-purpose flour (1 ½ cups)
Baking soda (1/2 tsp)
Salt (1/8 tsp)
Buttermilk (1 cup, maybe a little bit more)
Tip: if you don’t have buttermilk, put your milk in a cup, add a tsp or two of lemon juice, and let it sit for five minutes. Voila! Buttermilk!
Butter (4 tbsp)
1. If you need to mash your potatoes first, then go ahead and peel and cut your potatoes into 8 chunks. Boil for about 20 minutes. You know they are done if you pierce them with a fork and they are soft enough you could break them apart. Mash them up and set aside.
2. Grate the other potatoes. To remove extra moisture, you will want to use a cheesecloth. You lay the potatoes on the cheesecloth and wrap the cloth around them. Then you squeeze for a minute or two to get out all that extra water that potatoes hold. Toss the water and throw the grated potatoes in with the mashed potatoes.
3. Mix together both types of potatoes in your mixing bowl. Then add the salt flour and baking soda to the potatoes and stir it all together. Make sure it is well combined.
4. Add your cup of buttermilk to the potato mixture. Stir together very well. If it is still too thick to be a pourable, batter then add a little extra buttermilk. You want it like pancake batter; not too thick and not too thin.
5. Melt your butter in an 8” frying pan or sauté pan. You will do half of the batter at a time. You cook one side completely and then the other side. The potato pancake should look brown and crispy before you flip. It takes 10-15 minutes on each side to reach perfection.
You can also cook individual mini-potato cakes, flipping when brown and crispy. These delicious creations are best served hot! Pick up a loaf of Irish Soda Bread, add in some meat and a salad, and you have a great meal for the holiday.
Alcoholic Beverages the Irish Way
What about the beer? Since you are Irish for the day, you will want to drink like an Irishmen or maybe just taste a few Irish beers. Either way, there are some Irish beers that are very popular.
Murphy’s, Irish Stout, is sweet but not heavy and a good choice for a party. Smithwick’s Irish Ale is a deep, full-bodied beer. Or you can try Murphy’s Irish Red, which is crisp and refreshing.
Last but not least, is Guinness beer, one of the most well-liked beers here in the United States. If you are looking for something a little stronger, pick up a bottle of Jameson Irish Whisky, smooth and strong, or Bailey’s Irish Cream, which is like dessert with a kick!
And let’s not forget about dessert. Sure, you can pick up a box of green iced cupcakes with Leprechaun decorations on them. Your kids will love them. However, if you are looking for a traditional Irish dessert, you are looking at bread puddings, cakes, and scones.
Loaf of Irish Soda Bread – it can be a day or two old. Cube the loaf up.
Half and Half (2 cups)
Sugar (1 cup)
Eggs (3 large)
Unsalted Butter, melted (4 tbsp)
Vanilla (1 tsp)
1. Make sure the oven is heated to 350 degrees.
2. Place the bread cubes in a baking dish. Make sure they are all in an even layer.
3. Melt the butter and cover the bread cubes with the melted butter.
4. Mix the rest of the ingredients together.
5. Pour the new mixture over the bread cubes and let it sit for 10 minutes so the bread can soak up all of that delicious goodness.
6. Bake for about 40 minutes. It should look golden on top and not be liquidy in the middle.
7. After it has cooled off for a bit, you can go ahead and dig in!
Wherever you are on March 17th, all at Real Simple Clean wish you a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!